Saturday, 29 May 2010

Coincidental News

Sometimes two news stories come my way on successive days which are not intentionally linked but which do share a connection. On Thursday I was writing about twenty years of the McLaren F1 and then, on Friday, the Hulme CanAm supercar. For those who don’t see the association; Denny Hulme was a racing driver who drove McLaren’s striking, orange Can Am cars and won the series championship twice (in 1968 and 1970) as well as being New Zealand's only Formula 1 world champion.

From Fourwheelsteer: Motoring Writer

Collection of McLaren F1s

One interesting aspect of McLaren’s announcement was that there was no mention of Gordon Murray. Given that I’d always thought of the F1 as Murray’s brainchild it seemed like an odd omission; even allowing for the fact that he left McLaren to work on other projects.

From Fourwheelsteer: Motoring Writer

Hulme CanAm

The Hulme was new to me, even though it has been around for a few years as a prototype. Like its namesake it comes from New Zealand and it makes a nod to the Can Am heritage with a 427 cubic inch Chevrolet V8. My biggest criticism is the styling, which adopts the current vogue for the open-wheel look. Somehow this seems wrong; a car that carried the Can Am name and heritage should look like a road going version of those classic racing cars.

From Fourwheelsteer: Motoring Writer

Imagine if the Hulme looked more like this!

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